East Lancs pair for trial over sale of horsemeat

Abattoir owner Peter Boddy leaves Westminister Magistrates Court yesterday

Abattoir owner Peter Boddy leaves Westminister Magistrates Court yesterday

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A CROWN court hearing has been listed for two men from Todmorden who were charged over the traceability of meat following last year’s horsemeat scandal.

Peter Boddy, 64, who runs his own abattoir in Hey Head Lane, appeared before Westminster magistrates and pleaded not guilty to two offences of failing to comply with the traceability requirements of horses slaughtered at and sold from the premises.

David Moss, 53, also from Todmorden, did not indicate a plea to the same charges and a further offence of making a false instrument.

Magistrates sent their cases to Southwark Crown Court and the pair were remanded on unconditional bail until April 28.

It is not being alleged that the horsemeat was being sold as another meat.

Two other men appeared in court as a result of the same inquiry, charged with mislabelling goat meat products intended for sale, also at Westminster yesterday.

Dafydd Raw-Rees, 66, owner and Food Business Operator of Farmbox Meats Limited in Aberystwyth and Colin Patterson, 43, the company representative, are accused of mislabelling goat meat as either lamb or mutton for the purposes of sale.

The pair, both of Tyne Parc, Llandre, Dyfed, are charged with 19 offences contrary to the Food Safety Act 1990 and one of failing to comply with traceability requirements of meat sold by the company, contrary to regulation 4 of the General Food Regulations 2004. It was indicated that both would plead not guilty.

The company is said to be in administration.

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